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Drafting new curricula in South-East Europe



The importance of curricular renewal as the crux of educational reform has been highlighted in the thematic reviews of education conducted by the OECD in 2000-2001. These reviews also highlight how curriculum review and reform in the region have been delayed in a number of contexts affected by violent conflict associated with the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. As a result, lack of expertise in curriculum development now constitutes an important impediment to educational renewal and quality improvement in many contexts within the region. The regional seminar for South East Europe is one in a series of seminars planned within the framework of the Stability Pact Task Force on Education and Youth "Strategy 2001" which aims at enhancing human resource development and capacity building in South East Europe in the area of educational reform. It is organized within the framework of the South East European Education Cooperation Network.


Processes of curricula renewal (drafting and approving new curricula frameworks; evaluation and monitoring of quality).
Curricula content (social sciences and civics; mathematics, natural sciences and technology)
other curricula issues (multiculturalism and social cohesion; inclusion of minorities; teachers' education; pre-primary education).

Organisers / Partners

IBE; Centre for Education Policy Studies (CEPS), University of Ljubljana; South East European Educational Co-operation Network (SEE ECN); Open Society Education Programs - Southeast Europe

Participating countries

Teams of specialists from the Stability Pact countries of South East Europe comprising curricular and decision makers entrusted with the responsibility of educational reform: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, FR of Yugoslavia (Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia), Moldova, Romania, Slovenia.